Summary: I have been using this unit for about three months and have been generally satisfied with it. The only problem is paper curl. I tired using HP Premium Choice Laser Paper, 32 lbs, and had a serious curl that was a problem when you tried to put a number of sheets in a binder. After much experimentation, I found that the "bond paper" setting produced the least curl, though it was still there.
Summary: This is the second 2040 I've had, 1st one lasted about a year (paid $150 for it) before the drum went. Drum costs more than printer at local stores. Bought a new one for $100 (new drum, new catridge), again it's lasted just over a year and the drum light is on again. So I'm shopping again. Money wise I got my money's worth and it worked fine all year.
Summary: I've had this printer for about a year now. It's dependable, compact, and text looks good. However, if you intend to, say, print odd pages and then turn the stack over and print even pages in order to achieve printing on both sides, do not use this printer. Every time I've tried this with more than just a few sheets, the printer will, sometime during the printing job pick up two sheets of paper, causing everything printed after to be in the wrong place.
Alright for price but better options are out there
19 May 2008
Summary: I've had this Brother monochrome laser printer for maybe a year now and bought it when it was about $110. The good: -Crisp black and white text, far better than virtually any inkjet and less expensive per page -Can hold at least 200 pages of normal paper The bad: -Printer has a jamming tendency.
Summary: The price is right, and for single-sided printing, it is a great deal. The problem is with flipping pages to print them on the reverse side. Unless you are using heavy paper (22-24 lb) it is very common for the printer to feed 2, 3, or even 4 sheets of 20lb paper stuck together. My last Brother did not have kind of this problem. Paper curl is also oiut of control. Would be nice to have the exit door on the back to feed sheets through straight, like earlier models had.
Summary: To put this into perspective, I use this machine at home and have owned it for 3 years. I estimate 8000 pages have been printed. It worked fantastic for the first 3 years of operation. Then I got a Toner light and even with the light on, the pages were crisp, although a little light. Finally the machine stopped printing so I purchased a new toner cartridge and installed it. I can't get the toner light to clear and the machine won't print.
Summary: We got this printer to cut down on the expense we were incurring with inkjet printers. By making it the default, and only switching to the inkjet when we NEEDED color, we have saved a fortune already. Also, this printer is fast and seems to be pretty reliable (we've had it 10 months with no hassles.) All of that would normally cause me to give it a five-star rating. However.... Trying to use the manual feed is a nightmare.